Weaponized Architecture 2011 Cover

I apologize to those of my readers who would reasonably see this article as a form of self-promotion, this will be the first and only post about this book. Following the research I undertook in 2010 and the architectural project that emerged from it in 2011, My good friends Ethel and Cesar from  DPR-Barcelona and I have worked together to come out with a book, Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence that would be available for all. This is now the case and you can find the book on any national franchise of amazon and (preferably!) in some bookstores in various countries. For a presentation of this work, you can see the small lecture I was lucky to be able to do at the school of architecture of Lund (Sweden) in September 2012. One particularity of the book that is also worth noting, was developed by dpr-barcelona is the introduction of a dose of augmented reality through smart phones and tablets that allow a second layer of multimedia information for each chapter.

More information after the break.

Brief: Weaponized Architecture is an examination of the inherent instrumentalization of architecture as a political weapon; research informs the development of a project which, rather than defusing these characteristics, attempts to integrate them within the scene of a political struggle. The proposed project dramatizes, through its architecture, a Palestinian disobedience to the colonial legislation imposed on its legal territory. In fact, the State of Israel masters the elaboration of territorial and architectural colonial apparatuses that act directly on Palestinian daily lives. In this regard, it is crucial to observe that 63% of the West Bank is under total control of the Israeli Defense Forces in regards to security, movement, planning and construction. Weaponized Architecture is thus manifested as a Palestinian shelter, with an associated agricultural platform, which expresses its illegality through its architectural vocabulary.The shelter constitutes both an architectural design and a narrative whose uncertainty is integrated as a creative catalyst.

Read the conversation with Regine Debatty for We Make Money Not Art, and with Ahmad Barcklay and Dena Qaddumi for Arena of Speculations.

INTRODUCTION: VIOLENCE ON THE BODY

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Part 1: ARCHITECTURE IS A WEAPON
– Chapter 1: Military Architecture
– Chapter 2: State of Exception
– Chapter 3: Urbicide
– Chapter 4: Architecture of Safety
– Chapter 5: Capitalism’s Architecture
– Chapter 6: Resistive Architectures
– Chapter 7: Smoothing and Striating Space
– Interview: Bryan Finoki

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Part 2: ISRAELI COLONIAL APPARATUSES
– Introduction
– Chapter 1: Israeli Separation Barrier
– Chapter 2: I.D.F.’s Road Checkpoints
– Chapter 3: Israeli Civil Settlements
– Chapter 4: Segregated Infrastructures
– Chapter 5: Areas of Control
– Chapter 6: Militarized Destructions
– Chapter 7: Extreme Urban Example: Hebron
– Interview: Raja Shehadeh

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Part 3: AN ARCHITECTURAL DISOBEDIENCE
– Introduction
– Designed Project

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CONCLUSION: SYMPATHY WITH THE OBSTACLE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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APPENDIX /// LOST IN THE LINE
– Introduction
– Graphic Novel